2009-10 Season At La Opera House Is Around The Corner by aihaozhe2


									The history of opera as it is presented today in America goes back to the late
Renaissance in Italy, when a group of composers "invented" a new art form to
resemble what they thought music-drama was like in classical Greece. During its
400-year history, European opera has been very diverse, though. The only thing that
never changes about the opera is the magnitude of a venture, the breathtaking staging
and thrilling voices. LA Opera has it all, and will kickstart it all over again in
September, opening a new season 2009/10 with The Elixir of Love by Gaetano
Donizetti. The glimpse of what LA Opera is going to treat us with by the end of the
year, here:

Filled with light-hearted charm and bursting with feel-good laughs, The Elixir of
Love features engaging characters and such captivating Italian melodies as the
poignant "Una furtiva lagrima" ("A furtive tear"). Giuseppe Filianoti stars as the
lovesick Nemorino in search of a magic potion to capture the heart of Adina,
performed by Nino Machaidze in her U.S. debut. Nathan Gunn takes the part of
Belcore in his role debut, and James Conlon conducts.

In the last days of September LA Opera is starting Wagner’s Siegfried shows. The
most magical installment of Wagners Ring cycle, in Achim Freyers visionary
production, features the young hero Siegfried (John Treleaven) slaying a dragon with
a supernatural sword, claiming the ring and discovering love with the valiant warrior
maiden, Brünnhilde (Linda Watson). Also starring Oleg Bryjak, Graham Clark, Eric
Halfvarson, Vitalij Kowaljow and Jill Grove. James Conlon conducts. The production
will be shown through October.

November is going to be a thrilling month foe the opera-lovers in LA as in
G.F.Handel’s Tamerlano Plácido Domingo stars - in the 126th role of his brilliant
career! - as Bajazet, a Turkish sultan. And what a role it is. With rapid coloratura,
heart-rending arias, and a death scene to rival Verdis Otello, this is a welcome
opportunity to hear the "King of Opera" (Newsweek) in sparkling Baroque repertoire.
Princess Asteria will be Sarah Coburn, the gifted young soprano Opera News
described as "blissfully sublime" and one of todays leading countertenors, Bejun
Mehta, will sing the title role.

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini in December. For this effervescent comic
opera, LA Opera has assembled an all-star cast featuring two celebrated artists. The
New York Times commented that the "dashing Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez was
a vocally brilliant and charming Count Almaviva...and the perky, rich-toned and
vocally brilliant young American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato had a triumph as
Rosina." Principals include audience favorite Nathan Gunn as Figaro, who brings to
the role "unmistakable star power" (Opera News).

Also, there’s solo performances on schedule with LA Opera. Two magnificent
operatic voices Thomas Hampson (baritone) and Renée Fleming (soprano) will be
heard from Opera’s stage this year.

Thomas Hampson (baritone) began his professional career as a voice student of Sr.
Marietta Coyle, and at the age of 19 first appeared in an opera production – portraying
a very youthful father of the two title characters in Humperdinck’s “H?nsel und
Gretel”. In 1980 he came to Europe and had his first permanent engagement at
Düsseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Four years later he joined the roster of the
Zurich Opera where he collaborated frequently with Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and
Nikolaus Harnoncourt and where he has since appeared every season. Thomas
Hampson has been awarded several honorary doctorates, honorary membership in the
Royal Academy of Music, the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the
Austrian Honorary Medal (Ehrenkreuz) for Science and Art. October 3rd is a date of
his LA Opera debiut recital.

Renée Fleming (soprano) was born February 14, 1959 in Indiana, PA and raised in
Rochester, NY; while at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, she
studied voice under Patricia Misslin, and after completing her graduate studies at
Rochesters Eastman School of Music she attended the Juilliard Schools American
Opera Center from 1983 to 1987 under the tutelage of Beverly Johnson. Fleming
made her professional debut in 1986 as Konstanze in Mozarts Die Entführung aus
dem Serail, and a year later earned top honors at the Eleanor McCollum Competition
in Houston; the exposure helped her land the star-making role of the Contessa in a
revival of Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, and in 1989 she made her New York City
debut in La Bohème. After making her London bow as Glauce in Cherubinis Médée
later that same year, Fleming returned to New York in 1991 to make her Metropolitan
debut with a return to Le nozze di Figaro. Just months later she starred in the world
premiere of Coriglianos The Ghosts of Versailles. Other roles Fleming created include
her 1994 turn as Madam de Tourvel in Susas The Dangerous Liaisons and her 1998
performance as Blanche DuBois in André Previns A Streetcar Named Desire. On
December 12th we’ll have an opportunity to listen to mrs. Fleming’s voice in the LA
Opera debut recital.

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